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14 arrested for alleged cyberattack on PayPal's Web site in show of support for WikiLeaks
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Fourteen people were arrested Tuesday for allegedly mounting a cyberattack on the website of PayPal in retaliation for suspending the accounts of WikiLeaks.
Separately, FBI agents executed more than 35 search warrants around the country in an continuing investigation into coordinated cyberattacks against major companies and organizations.
As part of the effort, there were two arrests in the United States unrelated to the PayPal attack. Overseas, one person was arrested by Scotland Yard in Britain, and there were four arrests by the Dutch National Police Agency, all for alleged cybercrimes.
The cyberattacks on PayPal's website by the group Anonymous followed the release by WikiLeaks in November of thousands of classified U.S. State Department cables.
Anonymous is a loosely organized group of hackers sympathetic to WikiLeaks. It has claimed responsibility for attacks against corporate and government websites worldwide.
The group also claims responsibility for disrupting the websites of Visa and MasterCard in December when the credit card companies stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.
The 14 allegedly involved in the PayPal attack were charged in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, and were arrested in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio.